The Mammals of Sri Lanka
Asoka Yapa (author) and Gamini Ratnavira (artist). Published in 2013 by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. 1,012 pages.
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The 1012-page, 20.5 x 28 cm book is richly illustrated in full colour with plates by internationally famed wildlife artist Ratnavira and by the stunning photographs of Sri Lanka's leading wildlife photographers. Most of the illustrations have never been published before and include species that have only recently been discovered. A comprehensive bibliography containing over 500 references will assist those wanting to find out more about Sri Lanka's rich mammal fauna. Written with the wildlife enthusiast in mind, the book will be also useful to students and professional zoologists. The volume was printed and bound in Sri Lanka using sustainably-sourced papers and inks and the authors and illustrators have donated all proceeds to promote wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka.
Priced initially at 7500/- rupees per volume, the book is now available from FOGSL, Dept. of Zoology, University of Colombo, Kumaratunga Munidasa Mawatha, Colombo 3 (Tel.: 250-1332) for the cost price of 2,500 rupees, an astonishing bargain.
Reviews''The Mammals of Sri Lanka' is not merely the work of reference its hundreds of pages would seem to make it. It can be read with pleasure from cover to cover and, despite its heft, will prove invaluable also in the field'.
Rohan Pethiyagoda in Foreword to the book.
'(A) sumptuously illustrated opus... exquisitely written...the meticulous attention to detail by the first author has created an encyclopaedic volume on the current knowledge of mammals in Sri Lanka'
Dr. Burton Lim in book review in Journal of Mammalogy (USA).
'(The book is) lovely, very lovely'
'An absolutely impressive book. The pictures and painting are superb...the scientific content... is very strong. The sections on bats, shrews and whales, relatively neglected groups in most books on mammals, are absolutely excellent. I love your style: a strong concern for accuracy of facts interspersed with occasional and always relevant personal comments. I particularly enjoyed your anecdote on wild boar curry on page 614' .
'...a mammoth effort'Malaka Rodrigo, Sunday Times, Sri Lanka.
Foreword by Rohan Pethiyagoda 11
Sri Lanka's Mammals: An Introduction 23
Mammals in Sri Lanka: Primary Sources 35
Sri Lanka: Geology and Biogeography 43
Author's Note and Acknowledgements 51
Sri Lanka's Terrestrial and Marine Mammals 63
Order Sirenia: Dugongs and Manatees 65
Order Proboscidea: Elephants 79
Order Primates: Lorises, Monkeys, Lemurs, and Relatives 121
Order Rodentia: Rats, Squirrels, Mice, Porcupines, and Relatives 189
Order Lagomorpha: Hares and Pikas 293
Order Eulipotyphla: Shrews, Hedgehogs, and Moles 303
Order Chiroptera: Bats 337
Order Carnivora: Cats, Civets, Mongooses, Dogs, Bears, Weasels, and Pinnipeds 459
Order Pholidota: Pangolins 585
Super-Order Cetartiodactyla: Even-Toed Ungulates and Whales 599
Order Artiodactyla: Deer, Chevrotains, Antelopes, Pigs, Giraffes, True Ruminants, and Hippopotamuses 605
Order Cetacea: Whales and Dolphins 685
Introduced Mammals 857
Appendix I: Glossary 916
Appendix II: The Cetacean-Watching Industry 930
Appendix III: Dive Sequences of the Larger Whales 936
Appendix IV: Spoor and Scat of Selected Genera of Sri Lankan Mammals 944
Appendix V: Dental Formulae of Selected Genera of Sri Lankan Mammals 954
Index of Common Names 972
Index of Scientific Names 976
Sri Lanka's Mammals Names: Scientific, English, and Sinhala Equivalents 980
Sri Lanka's Mammals Names: Scientific, English, and Tamil Equivalents 988
Checklist of Sri Lankan Mammals 996